In our last post, we told you about the 40-car pileup near Vero Beach that left two men dead. Twenty-five people were taken to area hospitals and another 37 received treatment at the scene after drivers said they were plunged into total darkness last Thursday. Now, it seems there is at least a little more information on what caused the freak accident .
First, the mysterious smog that caused the truck, van and car accident seems to have come from a marsh fire that has been smoldering for more than a year. Sometimes, decomposing vegetable matter that is below ground catches fire and continues to burn for a very long time. Naturally, such a low-oxygen would produce very heavy, thick smoke.That could explain the frightening lack of visibility people described.
Motorists who travel the stretch of Interstate 10 regularly have also come forward to say that streetlights on that stretch of roadway are regularly not working. One driver said the area is dark almost every night he travels through it. He compared it to “a forgotten area” because it seems to him that state safety officials have ignored the dangerous conditions.
Sadly, a stretch of the same road where the 40-car pileup happened was closed earlier this week after the smoke returned, causing traffic officials to become concerned for motorists’ safety.
It is still going to be some time before it is determine who, if anyone, is responsible for that awful accident. But once a culprit has been more clearly identified, it is likely at least some people will choose to file personal injury claims so they can seek recompense for their medical expenses and pain and suffering. Feller Wendt Meridian truck accident lawyers understand how dangerous these types of cases are and how to handle them.